Lasith Malinga Biography
Lasith Malinga is a Sri Lankan cricketer, who bowls right-arm fast to the batsmen and is often referred as death bowler by the spectators. Considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers in a shorter format, the slinger is best known for his toe crushing Yorkers and consecutive wicket-taking ability.
He is the only bowler to have taken 2 hat-tricks in ODI cricket and the only bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 balls both in ODI and T20. He achieved the feat against South Africa in 2007, second time against New Zealand in T20. On 22nd April 2011, he announced his retirement from test cricket.
On July 26, 2019 he retired from ODI cricket, he played his last ODI against Bangladesh.
Lasith Malinga Profile
- Date of Birth-28 August 1983
- Age (as in 2017)- 34 Years
- Birth Place- Galle, Sri Lanka
- Zodiac sign/Sun sign- Virgo
- Nationality- Sri Lankan
- Hometown- Galle, Sri Lanka
- School- Vidyathilake Vidyalaya, Thiranagama, Vidyaloka College, Galle
- College- Mahinda College, Galle
- Father- Not known
- Mother- Not known
- Brother- Not Known
- Sister- Not Known
- Religion- Buddhism
- Hobbies- Listening to music
- Playing teams- Ruhuna Rovals, Huruna Reds, Southern Express, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent, Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Galle Cricket Club, BCCSL Academy XI, and Sri Lanka international team.
- Height (approx.)- 5 feet 7 inches (170cm.)
- Weight (approx.) – 75 kg (165 lbs.)
- Chest- 41 Inches
- Waist- 33 Inches
- Biceps- 14 Inches
- Eye Color- Dark Brown
- Hair Color- Black (Dyed Golden-Brown)
- Favorite Cricketer- Aravinda de Silva
- Affairs/Girlfriends- Not Known
- Wife- Tanya Perera, Dancer/Choreographer
- Marriage Date January 22, 2010
- Children Daughter- 1
- Son- Duvin
Lasith Malinga Cricket Profile
- International Debut- Test- 1 July 2004 vs Australia in Darwin
- ODI- 17 July 2004 vs UAE in Dambulla
- T20- 15 June 2006 vs England in Southampton
- Coach/Mentor- Chamapaka Ramanayake (Former Sri Lankan cricketer)
- Jersey Number- #99 (Srilanka), #99 (Mumbai Indians)
- Domestic/State Teams-Mumbai Indians, Middlesex, Ruhuna Royals, Melbourne Stars, Ruhuna Reds, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs
- Bowling Style- Right-arm fast
- Batting Style- Right Handed Bat
- Nature on field-Aggressive
- Lethal Ball- Yorker
Lasith Malinga Early life
Lasith Malinga was born on 28th August 1983 to Serparamudu Milton and Swarna Thenuwara, a retired bus mechanic in a coastal village named Rathgama and played sand cricket with his friend in the early years.
After passing 5th standard, he joined Vidyaloka College, where he started his cricket career. It was the place where the young prodigy was spotted by former Sri Lankan paceman Champaka Ramanayake. He saw the raw talent in Malinga and encouraged him to join the Galle Cricket club and also played a pivotal role in joining playing XI of Mahinda College, Galle. It was the turning point in Malinga career as it put him in the spotlight of the national team selectors.
Lasith Malinga Professional life
Lasith Malinga made his international debut on 1 July 2004 against Australia at Marrara Oval In Darwin and instantly made an impression after he took 6 crucial wickets in the match. He dismissed Darren Lehmann twice, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, Shane Warne, and Michael Kasprowich. He made his ODI debut against UAE at the 2004 Asia Cup.
# World Cup Champion: He is the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in World Cups, on 28th March 2007 he became the first bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 bowls against South Africa. During the World Cup 2011, he too his another hat-trick against Kenya, becoming the only bowler to take 2 hat-tricks in World Cup history.
In August 2011, he took yet another hat-trick against Australia setting a new world record of 3 hat-tricks in ODI history. During his entire international career, he took 13 five-wicket hauls (3 in tests, 8 in ODI, and 2 in T20). He took 543 wickets in total ( 101 wickets in tests, 338 in ODI, and 104 in T20).
# Test Retirement: He played 30 tests and took 101 wickets in total that includes 3 five-wicket hauls. His lethal Yorkers and bouncers troubled batsman across the globe, but post 2010 he started losing the pace and on 22nd April 2011, he announced his retirement from test cricket.
ODI Demolition and Retirement
Malinga played 226 ODI’s and took 338 wickets that included 8 five-wicket hauls. In July 2019 he announced his retirement from ODI, he played his last game against Bangladesh and dismissed Mushtiqur Rahim in the final over, therefore becoming the ninth highest wicket-taker in ODI history with 338 wickets.
# Captaincy: Lasith Malinga was named as the vice-captain of the Sri Lankan Twenty20 International team in October 2012. He became captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team in 2014 ICC World Twenty20 after Dinesh Chandimal received a ban. During the process, he became the only Sri Lankan T20 captain to have led the team to the Wolrd Cup win in 2014. Due to frequent injuries, he stepped down as captain in 2015.
Lasith Malinga Achievements
- He is the only bowler in world cricket till date to have taken 2 four-wicket hauls in 4 consecutive deliveries (v. South Africa March 2007 and New Zealand 2019). He is also the only bowler to achieve an amazing milestone in two different formats.
- He is the first bowler to take 100 wickets in T20 cricket and the bowler to take 100 wickets across all formats (Test, ODI, and T20).
- He is the only bowler in the cricket world to have taken 4 hat-tricks in international cricket (3 in ODI, 1 in T20).
Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews hold the world record of highest run partnership for the 9th wicket in an ODI, they stood for132 partnership stand against Australia in Melbourne in 2010. In the match, Malinga scored 56 runs from 48 balls that included six fours and two sixes.
- His 56 against Australia is the fourth-highest ODI score by a number 10 batsman in ODI history and the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka at number 10 position. He is also the only Sri Lankan to score a fifty in no 10 positions in ODI history.
- He is the only bowler in 50 over World Cup history to have taken 2 hat-tricks. He achieved the feat against South Africa in 2007 and against Kenya in 2011.
- He is the second-highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 317 wickets in 232 games.
- Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League with 170 scalps to his name.
- Malinga holds the best figures in BBL history with 6/7.
- He is only the fourth Sri Lankan to take 300 wickets in ODI after Muralitharan, Vaas and Jayasuriya. Overall he is the fifth quickest bowler to take 300 wickets in ODI.
- He is the quickest to take 50 wickets in world cups (26 innings)
- He is the third-highest wicket-taker in World Cup history (56 wickets)
- He holds the record for most wickets between 2011 and 2014, he took 163 wickets across all the formats.
Lasith Malinga Personal Life
Lasith Malinga is married to Tanya Perera, a dancer by profession in the year 2010. The couple is blessed with one daughter and a son named Duvin. His real name is Separamadu Lasith Malinga and over the years the pacer has earned quite a few nicknames like Slinga, Malinga the singer, Kagawa.
Lasith Malinga Controversy: Singer Chinmayi Sripaada claimed that she has seen Lasith Malinga sexually assaulting a woman at a Mumbai hotel. She shared a post on the Twitter about the entire sexual harassment episode.